by Scott Creighton (H/T David, Webster, and Turks)
What started as an effort to save a park from neoliberal privatization in Istanbul has lit an underbrush of anti-government anger over Turkey’s support of NATO backed terrorists in Syria and other issues. It’s spreading to other cities as Erdogan’s government arrests dozens and gases still more in a spiraling effort to regain the control that is slipping from their grasp.
I gotta give credit when and where it is due and Webster Tarpley (my well documented differences with him aside) called it a year ago. He said Erdogan was making a deal with the devil in expectation of being the next great sultan of the Middle East and what he was going to get instead would be deep seated unrest and eventual banishment like Mubarack and Ben Ali before him. And it looks like that is exactly what is happening.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has suddenly found himself in the deep rough with no good shot to get out.
He appears to have joined up with the NATO destabilization campaign a little over a year ago and when he did, Webster Tarpley was the first to say publicly that it was going to hurt him in the end. And Webster was right. Back then Erdogan was having almost daily talks with President Obama while he was being wooed into the scheme. Big business started flocking to Turkey and the mercenaries and Special Ops forces moved in on the border to manage hit and run operations in northern Syria. For a while it worked. But then Assad and the Syrian people rallied and the tide turned and suddenly Obama was asking more and more of Turkey in order to help sell a full blown NATO bombing campaign to the world.
In one instance, FSA thugs lobbed a few mortars into a Turkish border town. Then a couple of months ago, car bombs blew up and they suddenly tried to blame Assad himself. That story petered out when it became clear to everyone including Turks that it was actually the very same terrorists who Erdogan and Obama are funding, not Assad, who did it.
And a couple days ago, worse news: more of those same Erdogan supported terrorists were caught in Turkey with sarin gas, and God only knows who the targeted victims were going to be.
The problem with signing up to help al-Qaeda linked terrorists destabilize your neighbor is eventually you are going to have to get your hands dirty as well. Or should I say “dirtier”?
The people of Turkey have had enough. They’ve had enough of neoliberal austerity and they’ve had enough of Erdogan’s support of terrorists who kill Turks now as well as Syrians. They’ve had it and they are starting to take to the streets.
David Hazan sent me an email pointing out the unrest taking place in Turkey today. It’s almost another Tahrir Square situation that is developing, though not quite as large just yet. Here’s a link that David shared with me. Some great photos.
When you live in a country that openly supports the use of terrorism as a legitimate form of foreign policy you can expect a certain reaction from your government when you as a people decide you’ve had enough. The people of Egypt learned that lesson as did the people of Jordan and Yemen and Tunisia. The Occupy Movement learned that lesson here in America recently. The new generation had to relearn it after the Civil Rights movement and the Anti-War movements did back in the 50’s and 60’s.
The people of Saudi Arabia have always known it.
The evil you perpetrate overseas will always come back home. It’s not “blow-back”, it’s policy. If human life is so worthless to the Vichy servants of the masters of the universe who run your country that they will kill, maim and terrorize people across the pond in the name of “national interests” (a.k.a. “money”) they will inevitably place the same worthless value on the lives of their own constituents when ordered to do so by those same “national interests”
In Turkey, the government is cracking down on dissent. Peaceful protests are being attacked with chemical weapons (various forms of teargas), water cannons and old fashioned clubs.
Some of the photos appear to show police spraying protesters with what appears to be a brownish water. It could be that is a tactic they imported from Israel recently who have taken to spraying Palestinian areas with raw sewage, which of course could easily constitute the use of a biological agent since sewage can easily make people very sick.
Protests started two weeks ago against the government in response to the car bombings and they are apparently growing. One protest started as a sit-in to protect one of the last public parks in Istanbul. Erdogan wants to privatize it, hand it over to developers for some kind of shopping mall. They’ve been there for a couple of days and the police rolled in to clear them out violently.
Now the protests are expanding. The violence of the Erdogan police state is compelling more and more people to take to the streets to say that is enough. The pictures are striking to say the least.
So I gotta give it to Tarpley, he got it right. The people of Turkey were only going to take so much before breaking and it looks as if this last move, clearing these protesters from their park in such a way, may be that spark that ignites them.
A tip of the hat to Tarpley and one as well to David for the head’s up.
And a big tip of the hat to the people of Turkey. One of these days, we might even grow a pair and join you.